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This essay introduces important concepts and provides the reader with information about the motivations, methods and substantive content of this volume. It concludes with an overview of what civic driven change mean from the perspective of the authors and details areas where important differences of view were identified.

Social Media in the Arab World

On February 3rd 2011 Jeffrey Ghannam published the report: ‘Social Media in the Arab World; Leading up to the Uprising of 2011’. Ghannam decided to accelerate the production of the report on social media and free expression as it can provide a useful backdrop to the recent popular uprising in Tunisia and Egypt. It aims to give an insight into the rise of an independent and vibrant social media, its impact on the politics of the Arab world and the challenges and limitation imposed by the authoritarian governments.

This policy paper provides a roadmap for electoral reforms in Syria  that will be needed to set Syria on the path towards democratisation. It  is the latest publication of Hivos and SRCC.

Finish HBL:"Only a strong federalism or con-federalism will ensure the survival of the state", according to Kawa Hassan

In this interview Hivos' and Carnegie's Kawa Hassan highlights the hurdles to a united  Iraq and dangers of completely putting Al-Maliki out of the political game.  

Marije Balt: Hivos Knowledge Programme Civil Society in West Asia Gives Voices to Different Perspectives

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*Marije Balt (MB) is Adjunct Professor at the Department of International Relations, Webster University, Leiden, the Netherlands and director of Spring Factor Research & Consultancy. She is a former diplomat and was team leader of the Stabilisation and Peace Building Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands.

Maha Taki: KP Publications are an Invaluable Resource on Middle East Transitions and Politics

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*Maha Taki (b. Lebanon) has been working with the BBC’s international development arm BBC Media Action since 2008, developing a number of multi-platform and multi-format programmes. Maha has a PhD from the Communication and Media Research Institute at the University of Westminster. Her thesis explored how cultural, political and socio-economic factors influence how people use the internet in everyday life, with focus on Lebanon and Syria. She has been living and working in London since 2004.

Line Khatib: Syrian Perspectives Project is an Excellent Example of Insider Knowledge

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*Line Khatib is Senior Researcher at The Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (ICAMES), McGill University, Montreal, QC Canada and Assistant Professor at Political Science INS department, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Karim Emile Bitar: At These Times of Polarization, Hivos KP is a Source of Thoughtful Objective Analysis

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*Karim Emile Bitar (KEB) is a Senior Fellow at Institute for International and Strategic Relations, IRIS and Editor at L’ENA hors les murs, Paris, France.  

Hivos: How and when did you come to know about Hivos' Knowledge Programme Civil Society in West Asia?

Reform or restoration? Tunisia’s canary-in-the-coalmine indicators

Tunisia’s strongman President Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali has been deposed. But if his ruling party was kicked out the door, is it now coming back through the window?

The ‘Jasmine Revolution’: The Fall of the Arab Berlin Wall?

The dramatic and quick fall of the former president of Tunisia Ben Ali was a political Tsunami and a shock and awe. Could this unprecedented and unthinkable revolution have impacts-albeit in the long run- across the Arab Middle East?